JACC: Case Reports Explores Acute Myocarditis in Monkeypox Patient

With the recent outbreak of Monkeypox virus infection in nonendemic countries like the U.S., Australia, Spain, UK, etc., the world's attention has been directed to the clinical manifestations of this disease. A new case published in JACC: Case Reports highlights "cardiac involvement as a potential complication" associated with the disease.

The case involves a 31-year-old male patient with confirmed Monkeypox infection who developed acute myocarditis days after the eruption of skin lesions. Cardiac magnetic resonance study confirmed myocardial inflammation and the patient was treated with supportive care and had full clinical recovery.

"We believe that reporting this potential causal relationship can raise more awareness of the scientific community and health professionals for acute myocarditis as a possible complication associated with Monkeypox and might be helpful for close monitoring of affected patients for further recognition of other complications in the future," write Ana Isabel Pinho, MD, et al. as part of the case discussion.

"Through this important case study, we are developing a deeper understanding of monkeypox, viral myocarditis and how to accurately diagnose and manage this disease," said Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC, editor-in-chief of JACC: Case Reports. "The authors of this study have used CMR mapping, a comprehensive imaging tool, to help with the diagnosis of myocarditis. I commend the authors on this valuable clinical case during a critical time as monkeypox continues to spread globally."

Read the complete case.

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Clinical Topics: Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies

Keywords: Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Disease Outbreaks, Inflammation, Myocarditis, Monkeypox

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